Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta Rating: 5.0 Pearls
This elegant, 127-room luxury hotel is located in a quiet area in Buckhead, but close to restaurants, shops and great nightlife, and a couple of blocks from the subway. One of the smaller luxury properties in the area, it delivers an intimate, boutique vibe as well as romantic amenities such as a wonderful spa (a destination for locals), a great indoor lap pool, a casual but stylish restaurant, and a lounge overlooking the beautiful gardens. The spacious, high-tech rooms are the main draw here, however, and feature sexy marble bathrooms with separate showers and soaking tubs. Though most would argue that the St. Regis is a tad more luxurious, the Mandarin's tranquil vibe and spa (which is slightly larger than the one at the St. Regis) puts it at the top of our list.
The St. Regis Atlanta Rating: 5.0 Pearls
This grand, French Baroque-inspired resort is one of Atlanta's premier options, located in the affluent Buckhead neighborhood. Luxury reaches an impressive level, with glimmering chandeliers, a marble terrace, and fine furnishings throughout. The lobby and lounge areas are pure glamour and the 151 rooms are equally regal and romantic. Expect big, comfortable beds, marble bathrooms with soaking tubs, and a luxurious outdoor pool piazza. It's pricier than other options, but it's not hard to see why considering its refined, romantic vibe and amenities such as the upscale Remede Spa.
The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The 441-room Ritz-Carlton Atlanta is one of the most luxurious hotel choices downtown, and offers big rooms with plenty of natural light, as well as modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. The warm, Art-Deco-inspired room decor is romantic, but bathrooms are on the smaller side and most have shower/tub combos (no separate tubs) which may not appeal to couples. Nonetheless, the property does deliver the top-of-the-line service travelers expect from the Ritz brand, as well as impressive and romantic features such as a sleek lobby, a trendy bar, a fine dining restaurant, and a full-service spa.
W Atlanta - Downtown Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The most romantic of the W hotels in Atlanta, the 237-room W Atlanta Downtown -- with its sexy infinity pool and dramatic design -- is a neighborhood hot spot and a hip alternative to Atlanta's classically romantic hotels. Branches climb up the walls in the lobby and silver mobiles hang from the ceiling. Beyond the funky and artistic design, the W has all the romantic amenities couples may want, such as a luxurious spa and high-tech rooms with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and sexy open bathrooms. The heated outdoor pool turned rooftop bar is popular by night, as is the BLT Steak restaurant.
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The outstanding service and glamorous design at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead fall in line with customer's expectations of this luxury brand. The 517 rooms are mostly luxurious, with bright bay windows, iPod docks, plush linens, and warm colors, even if they feel slightly dated, and bathrooms have marble vanities and, in most, rainforest showerheads, but no separate soaking tubs. Romantic highlights include a big indoor pool, a high-end cafe, an ornate lobby, and a regal dining room.
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The 244-room Four Seasons Atlanta certainly looks grand -- the exterior and entryway have the scale and decoration one would expect from a southern Four Seasons, and rooms feature down pillows, plush bathrobes, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks. Couples may appreciate on-site amenities such as the lovely indoor saltwater lap pool with Jacuzzi and free poolside chilled towels, ice water, and Evian spritzes; the acclaimed restaurant; and the full-service spa, complete with tranquil treatment rooms and a nail salon.